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Dog Grooming School

Learn about our dog grooming courses and how you can become a certified dog groomer in as little as four weeks. Teachings include everything from bathing and brushing to breed trims. 

Dog Training School

Our dog training certifications teach everything from basic obedience to scent detection and service dog training, so find out how you can become a dog trainer today...

Vet Assisting School

Our newest program coming Spring of 2020, the veterinary assisting program will prepare students for the exciting world of veterinary medicine. Learn how you can become a veterinary assistant today.

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New Program: Veterinary Assisting!

The veterinary field is in desperate need of qualified vet assistants, so, The Academy of Pet Careers has added a 5-month program designed to prepare graduates for the exciting field of veterinary medicine. The first semester is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. Click the link below for more details on how to get started...

Take a 3D Tour of Our Facility

The Academy of Pet Careers shares a 35,000 square foot facility with Petropolis: Empowered Pet Care. Roam the halls in our 3D virtual tour and see what makes this the best place to start a pet career in the Missouri/Illinois.

Click the link below to start the 3D tour. You can walk through the building manually or click play in the bottom left corner to turn on a guided tour.

Our Philosophy at The Academy of Pet Careers

The Academy of Pet Careers teaches skills and techniques that empower pets. Pet Empowerment is all about understanding the psychology of fear in pets so that we can better serve them. Because of this desire to help, our passion at the APC is in improving the quality and standard of care in the pet industry. Every day, pets are taken to their vet, groom salon, or doggy daycare for socialization. They deal with fears and anxiety that most pet professionals don’t know how to recognize.

Latest News and Information

Canine Enrichment for the Real World

November 21, 2019

By Allie Bender, CDBC & Emily Strong, CDBC Book Summary A major focus in all my training and behavior modification work is ensuring sufficient and appropriate enrichment for my client dogs. But, what exactly is enrichment? Is it just physical exercise? Just mental stimulation? And if it is those things, what constitutes “sufficient and appropriate”?…

Tips to Improve Your “All Over Trims”

November 19, 2019

It is important for dog groomers to know how to make all over trims look good, despite not having much fur to work with. Even if a dog is being trimmed short due to matting, we should try to make the trim look cute. Here are some helpful hints.   Fluff Drying All Over Trims…

Sequential Overload in Pets

November 15, 2019

Stress isn’t all bad.  Stress is needed to avoid potential dangers; it’s part of animals’ natural responses to threats: if they don’t respond to threats in nature, they don’t survive!   Some level of good stress (eustress) is even needed for learning. Learn more in this blog on The Canine Learning Stress-O-Meter.   Certainly, too…